HC Deb 07 December 1965 vol 722 c61W
65. Mr. Wall

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations, if he will make a statement on his talks in Zambia and other African states.

Mr. Bottomley

I had several meetings with President Kaunda and it was agreed that a squadron of R.A.F. Javelins with supporting aircraft and Units of the R.A.F. Regiment should fly into Zambia. The squadron is now at Ndola and I went there to welcome it. We have also offered to provide a battalion of ground troops, and discussions on this subject continue.

On my return journey I had brief but valuable discussions with President Kenyatta, President Nyerere and Mr. Obote. I explained to them the economic and financial measures we were taking and emphasised our belief that if other countries were to act similarly the illegal regime would not be able to survive.

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